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Solved (Re: T rex & smell)
> Having just finished the endocast of Camptosaurus, it
> has huge olfactories as well. In fact, they are twice as wide as the
> brain portion. We could argue as to why an ornithopod has such well
> developed sense of smell, but obviously there is more to it than
> locating carrion.
The purpose of the well-developed olfactory bulbs on a dino herbivore was
to facilitate the location of the closest marijuana fields and to zero-in
on any nearby sources of opium-producing plants.
Cretaceous Cannabaceae? (Johnson) type specimens: YPM 6203, YPM 6204, YPM
Cretaceous member of the poppy family: _Palaeoaster inquirenda_(Smith).
YPM = Yale-Peabody Museum specimen numbers.
Clearly, _T. rex_ was a lazy scavenger, and ornithopods were a bunch of
Mesozoic druggies. A modern analog for this paleoecosystem is a college
fraternity house. All artistic reconstructions of both Cretaceous
landscapes and dinosaurs should use a color scheme that Jerry Garcia
would have approved of. Tie-dyed color patterns for dino integument
would be appropriate.
<pb> (who has personally witnessed intoxicated bluejays flying into the
sides of barns after they ate fermented berries. Not a pretty sight).